By PR | 07:05 PM October 13, 2020
BILAR, Bohol –Residents here have denounced the terroristic activities committed by the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and withdraws support to the communist terrorist groups.
Former NPA supporters and village officials in Barangay Cambigsi in Bilar town together with the barangay officials sworn their full allegiance to the government in a ceremony held at their barangay hall on Sunday, October 11.
The activity was witnessed by the local government of Bilar, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the 47th Infantry Battalion.
Their oath of allegiance to the government emphasized that they will no longer provide support to the unlawful organizations including the NPA may it be physical, material or financial support.
One of the highlights during the activity was the raising of placards with messages calling on the NPAs to refrain from threatening their community and stop terrorism acts in the country. The CPP-NPA-NDF flag was also burned to symbolize their total denigration of the communist terrorist group.
Serapion Organiza, Cambigsi village chair, expressed his call to his constituents to strengthen their guards against the NPA atrocities as he read Barangay Resolution Number 23 Series of 2020.
The resolution states that the communist terrorist groups would only bring extreme poverty and misery to the people. Thus, Barangay Cambigsi declares the members of the CPP-NPA-NDF as Persona Non Grata in their village.
It can be recalled that a firefight transpired in the hinterlands of Cambigsi on February 29, 2020 resulting to casualties from both sides. Another encounter in the barangay was on April 26 when the troops from 47IB responded to the reports from the populace that armed men were sighted in the area a day before the distribution of the Special Amelioration Program for the populace of Cambigsi and was then followed by another firefight when the convoy of the Philippine Army and the civilians who attended the Barangay Symposium were fired by members of the NPA on July 21 making the civilians panic and acquire scratches due to rushing in hiding themselves.
“Because of these communist terrorist groups, we’ve suffered poverty even more; unlike the government that is continuously making its best to provide help and basic needs to maintain peace and order in our barangay. We have come to understand that the core purpose of taking the oath is for us to totally condemn the atrocities of this CPP-NPA-NDF and gain more development for our barangay. May we achieve the peace that all of us longed for,” a statement from one of the mass supporters who pledged cooperation in helping the government in ending the armed conflict in the area.
The oath taking was also graced by the presence of Bilar Mayor Manuel Jayectin who strongly supports the activity as a scheme of sustaining peace and order in one of his constituent barangays.
“The peace and order is very important. Once there is peace and unity, the progress and development will surely be achieved. The government is doing its best to help Brgy Cambigsi be more developed and organized. If we will not help each other to achieve peace and order then all of us will be affected and the progress we have dreamt of will not come to reality,” Jayectin stressed during his speech as he mentioned future projects intended for the development of the barangay.
Likewise, a message from Governor Arthur Yap was virtually delivered. He commended and appreciated the populace’s taking their oath of allegiance to the government and decided to live by the law. Along with his message telling the villagers that while we still have brothers and sisters who live as terrorist members and bandits; we will remain failure.
Yap said clutching the attention of the government is no longer hard since modern technology plays a big part in bridging the people.
The provincial government and LGUs are always doing their best for the good of its people even during this time of COVID- 19. If the people will also persevere, there is a chance of resolving problems.
“The terrorism against the government is not a solution to end the problems in communities. The government is not perfect but has continued striving for you. I hope starting today, you will be part of our battle against poverty and ignorance on these leftists who are fighting against the government. Let us work together and trust the government who truly loves you”, Yap emphasized.
The 47th IB said “the pledge that happened in Barangay Cambigsi is a courageous pace towards ending insurgency and secure lasting peace in order to have more sustainable development in the barangay.”
“The army is in deep gratitude to the barangay’s populace for hearing the call for a just and long lasting peace and to the PGBh and LGU-Bilar as well as for the outpouring support to the army. Truly, we will commit stronger holds to the ground and together we will save more Filipinos from deceptive recruitments and lies from these NPA terrorists,” 47th IB said.